Recently, I have been waking up about
six hours after I go to sleep, in pain. I take ambien, and sleep well. But, I do sleep deeply and stay still. So, my body is protesting the stillness, and the fibro and stupid AS kick in with pain.
I get up, take my tramadol, and fall asleep again for a few hours.
I was very achy this AM. Went to the psych for a check-in and to get new script
s. He is good, but busy, and I always sit and wait for at least an hour. After that long, my back, hips, and legs hurt, my neck was getting stiff, the sound of others in the waiting room was getting to me ( which always happens when I start to a flare), and the smell of smokers was getting worse. Again, increased sensitivity. I actually had my ear plugs in for a bit as two elderly gents chatted about
their rebuilt engines. I hope they were talking about
Finally got in after one hour fortyfive minutes. Chatted and got my
s. Was feeling awful, but still stopped at the pool to do my
Now, sitting with bed buddy and extra painkiller. Some days, it ain't
even worth getting outta bed. Jes' sayin'.
The pain from fibro and AS/arthritisisn't being well controlled in the past three to four months. Tramadol seems to wear off after six hours, but I am hesitant to take it in the afternoon and evening because it works like caffeine, jolts me with energy. It seems to counteract the sleeping med, waking me up every few hours and
then makingit hard to fall asleep. The hydrocodone doesn't last long, either. I also am hesitant to take more than a 5-500 in a 24 hour period.
Clearly, I need to talk with rhuemie at my appointment next month. He wants me to go on Humira (one of the new biologics) but I am very hesitant. Despite the food, sleep, exercise, and excess supplements ( most expensive urine in town!), I get every cold that winks at me, and the biologics further dampen the immune system. Of course, part of this could be stress, since I push myself a little too hard.
Perhaps the doc will have some further suggestions. I am working on a big life change in the next six months, once that is alternately
sad and glad and depressing and exhilarating. Regardless of the emotions surrounding it, I think it necessary.
Pain-less evening, chawl.
Post Edited (Myself 09) : 3/26/2013 6:26:53 PM (GMT-6)